Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Non-Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 3.1%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation fell $1.02 (-1%) to $100.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $100.19-$101.84 after having opened the day at $100.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.23. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Deswell Industries ( DSWL), down 9.9%, Fuwei Films Company ( FFHL), down 9.8%, Orchids Paper Products Company ( TIS), down 8.8%, and Blyth ( BTH), down 8.1%.
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Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and health care products worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a market cap of $39.11 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.